For the mash

  • 1.8kg potatoes, chopped into large chunks
  • 300ml pot soured cream
  • 2x small bunches chives, snipped
  • 100g cheddar, grated


  • STEP 1

    Fry the onions in the oil in a large, deep saucepan until soft. Stir in the spices and cook for 2 mins, until fragrant. Crumble in the mince in batches and fry, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until all the meat is browned.

  • STEP 2

    Stir in the chopped tomatoes, beans, sweetcorn, peppers, vinegar and sugar. Crumble in the stock cube, pour over 500ml water then bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 20 mins, then uncover and simmer for 20 mins more until the mince and peppers are tender and saucy.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, make the mash. Boil the potatoes in lots of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 mins. Drain well, leaving in the colander to steam dry for 1 min, then tip back into the saucepan and mash with the soured cream. Season and stir in the chives.

  • STEP 4

    When the chilli mince is done, pour into 1, 2 or individual ovenproof dishes. Spoon or pipe over the mash and scatter on the cheese. Cool completely if you’re freezing any at this stage, or if you want to eat straight away, heat the oven to 220C/ 200C fan/gas 7 and bake for 25-30 mins until bubbling and golden.


Cover with foil and

bake at 180C/160C

fan/gas 4 for 1 hr 45

mins. Remove the

foil, turn up the oven

to 220C/200C fan/

gas 7 and cook for

a further 30 mins

until piping hot in

the middle.

Or defrost

thoroughly, then

cook as per the

recipe, but add

an extra 10 mins

to the cooking time.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2011

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